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Forward Carmelo Anthony is one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA. Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2003, he was traded to the New York Knicks in 2011.
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During his 2003-04 rookie season, the 19-year-old Anthony was named to the All-Rookie team, averaging 21 points and six rebounds per game.
Over the course of his pro career, the 6'8" forward has proven to be one of the game's great scorers. In 2007 he was tapped to play in his first All-Star game, and in the ensuing years has made several additional All-Star teams. On December 10, 2008, in a game against Minnesota,
Anthony tied an NBA record when he scored 33 points in a single quarter.
While the Nuggets enjoyed a fair level of success with Anthony as the franchise's leading player, the club never became the perennial contender that club officials had hoped. In the middle of the 2011 season, Denver shipped Anthony to the New York Knicks in a three-team megatrade.
The move delighted Anthony, who'd longed to return to his native New York, and Knick fans. In New York, Anthony has continued his run as one of the NBA's most prolific scorers and helped rejuvenate a franchise that has gone more than four decades without an NBA title.
In addition to his NBA credentials, Anthony was a key member of both the 2008 and 2012 gold-medal-winning Olympic men's basketball teams.
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